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November 25, 2006

FAA Sticking To Its Guns On Witham Runway

But NIMBYs Threaten To Remove Extension Anyway

The wrangling over Witham Field continues, as the Federal Aviation Administration once again asserted it does not support shortening the Stuart, FL airport's main runway to appease neighbors.

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More Blue Grass Runway Confusion

Controllers Warn Saratoga Before Takeoff On Wrong Runway

The FAA says another aircraft nearly departed the wrong runway at Lexington's Blue Grass Airport on November 9.

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FAA Whistle-Blower Relegated To Entry-Level Job In TSA

Former Red Team Leader Predicted Terrorist Activity Before 9/11

A report in USA Today says Bogdan Dzakovic, a Red Team leader in the FAA's anti-terror section before 9/11, is now "thumb-twiddling" for the TSA.

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EADS Board Cancels A350 Meeting

Still Split On Funding Issues

Friday was supposed to be the day the board at European Aeronautic Defense and Space Company was to vote on funding for the Airbus A350XWB program... but continued bickering over the $10-billion project forced EADS to postpone the meeting for another day, according to Reuters.

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NTSB Releases Preliminary Of CAW CH 601 Crash

Finds Only Trace Amount Of Fuel In Wreckage

The NTSB's preliminary report of a Czech Aircraft Works (CAW) CH 601 XL RTF that crashed November 11 near Basye, VA says investigators found no fuel in its tanks.

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FL Sheriff's Helo Damaged In Ground Accident

Investigators Point To Engine Governor

It could have been a lot worse. Fortunately, a Lee County (FL) Sheriff's Department Eurocopter AS350 was still on the ground when the helicopter experienced some kind of mechanical failure that caused it to shake violently.

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Eurowings Loves Its BAe 146s

Signs New Lease Terms On Eight Frames

BAE Systems Regional Aircraft has reason to celebrate... as the aircraft management firm signed a new lease agreement this week with Eurowings for another BAe 146-200, as well as lease extensions on seven other BAe 146-200/300 jetliners.

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Embraer Delivers First E-jet To Air France Subsidiary

First European Embraer 190 Operator

Embraer announced Thursday that Regional-Compagnie Aerienne Europeenne -- a subsidiary of the Air France Group -- has taken delivery of its first Embraer 190 E-Jet.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Tips (11.25.06): Malfunction Reports

Aero-Tips!

Take out your #2 pencil, it's time for a pop quiz. Answers are at the end of this Aero-Tips... no fair peeking.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.25.06)

Aero-Linx!

The General Chuck Yeager Foundation supports programs that teach honor, integrity and courage.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.25.06) Zahme Sau

Aero-Terms!

TAME BOAR. German "free lance" night fighter system using twin engine aircraft during WWII.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (11.25.06)

"The Federal Aviation Administration cannot concur in an action that adversely affects the safety, utility or efficiency of the airport... The proposal to abandon the 460-foot extension in the approach of Runway 12 obviously impacts the utility of the airport (and with no apparent benefit.)"

Source: From a November 17 letter to Martin County from Bart Vernace, assistant manager of the FAA's Orlando district office, concerning the wrangling over Witham Field, as the Federal Aviation Administration once again asserted it does not support shortening the Stuart, FL airport's main runway to appease neighbors.

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FL TFR: 11.27.06 -- 11.29.06

NOTAM Number : FDC 6/6821 Issue Date : November 24, 2006 at 14:42 UTC Location : Tallahassee, FL / Boston, Georgia Beginning Date and Time : November 27, 2006 at 19:30 UTC Ending Date and Time : November 29, 2006 at 20:35 UTC Reason for NOTAM : Temporary flight restrictions for VIP (Very Important Person) Movement Type : VIP Replaced NOTAM(s) : N/A

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